BoBfest - The Regional Gathering of Amateur Astronomers
Saturday, January 27, 2024
West Wing Catawba Science Center, Hickory NC
Only 56 Days Until BoBfest 2024

Exhibits and Activities During BoBfest Saturday

8:30am - 3:45pm Hallway
Astronomy Clubs and Event Exhibits

We have several different astronomy organizations spread across North and South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. Check the hallways for any displays and information from these clubs. Listen for club announcements and activities in the Main Event Room at times shown in the schedule.

8:30am - 4:00pm Room 7
Barre Spencer Astrophotography Contest

Are you an astrophotographer? Do you paint or draw the sky or celestial objects? Bring your work and display it at BoBfest!
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9:00am - 4:00pm Nearby
Harper House/Hickory History Center

A short walk from BoBfest. Tours on the hour from 10 to 3. $5 to tour Harper House
Harper House

9:00am - 5:00pm SALT Block Campus
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located in the SALT Block adjacent to BoBfest. The library offers materials for all ages, public internet workstations and wireless internet access, adult and childrens programming, extensive reference sources, and an in depth local history collection.
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10:00am - 4:00pm Catawba Science Center
Aquarium, Planetarium, Science Hall, Exhibits

Catawba Science Center is part of the SALT Block (Science, Arts, and Learning Together) and is pleased to host BoBfest! The campus is the old Hickory High School and offers hands on exhibits, planetarium, and aquarium. Admission Feb 2 is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE to BoBfest attendees.
Catawba Science Center

10:00am - 1:00pm Room 1
Family Science Events

We know the talks and activities might wear thin on the youngest astronomers. The Family Science Events offer several hands-on experiences for kids of all ages. Hosted by Catawba Science Center Staff and Volunteers
Catawba Science Center

10:00am - 4:00pm SALT Block Campus
Hickory Museum of Art

See American art, Southern folk art and changing exhibitions.General admission to Hickory Museum of Art is FREE; however, we always welcome contributions in any amount!
Hickory Museum of Art

11:30am - 1:00pm Outside
Solar Observing Weather Permitting John ONeal and others

View the Sun through safe solar filters! White light, Hydrogen Alpha, Calcium K, and more!

4:30pm - Main Event Room
Closing Remarks BoB Eskridge

Closing Remarks
BoB Eskridge is THE BoB in BoBfest!